Humpy's way talking
S01E02 Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 3, section A, clause 214 of the Administrative Procedures Scotland Act 1978, it is proposed that in so far as the implementation of the statutory provisions is concerned, the resolution of anomalies and uncertainties as between responsible departments shall fall within the purview of the Minister for Administrative Affairs. I wonder if there's anything that might persuade you, President, to consider recasting that sentence and transferring the emphasis from the specific instance to the abstract concept without, of course, in any way, impairing the conceptual integrity of the theme. S01E03 No, we must let him panic. Politicians like to panic. They need activity. It's their substitute for achievement. S01E04 Well, in the first place as we've agreed that question is not... In the second place, if there had been investigations, which there haven't or not necessarily, or I am not at liberty to say whether there have, there would have been a project team, which, had it existed, on which I cannot comment, which would now have disbanded if it had existed and the members returned to do their departments, if indeed there had been any such members. S01E05 If you ask me for a straight answer then I shall say that, as far as we can see, looking at it by and large, taking one time with another, in terms of the average of departments, then in the final analysis it is probably true to say that at the end of the day, in general terms, you would probably find that not to put too fine a point on it, there probably wasn't very much in it one way or the other - As far as one can see ... at this stage. I'm sorry, but sometimes one is forced to consider the possibility that affairs are being conducted in a way which all things being considered, and making all possible allowances is, not to put too fine a point on it, perhaps not entirely straightforward. S01E06 Minister, the traditional allocation of executive responsibilities has always been so determined as to liberate the ministerial incumbent from the administrative minutiae by devolving the managerial functions to those whose qualifications have better formed them for the performance of such humble offices, thereby releasing their political overlords for the more onerous duties and deliberations which are the inevitable concomitant of their exalted position. S02E03 Well, it was to the effect that, in view of the nebulous and inexplicit nature of your remit, arguably peripheral nature of your influence on decisions within the political process, there could be a case for restructuring their action priorities so as to eliminate your liquidation from their agenda. ... That was the gist of it. What's it mean in English? It means that they don't think you're important enough for it to be worth assassinating you. S03E03 The identity of the official whose alleged responsibility for this hypothetical oversight, as being the subject of recent discussion, is not shrouded in quite such impenetrable obscurity as previous disclosures led you to assume. But not to put too fine a point on it... the individual in question is, It may surprise you to learn, one whom your present interlocutor... is in the habit of defining... by means of the perpendicular pronoun. We were overworked, there was panic! Parliamentary questions tabled. Obviously I'm not a trained lawyer or I wouldn't have been in charge of the Legal Unit! S03E06 Yes, but now you know personally, if not officially, you can use your personal knowledge to start official investigations to get official confirmation of personal suspicions so what you now know personally, but not officially, you will then know officially as well as personally. My attention has been drawn to information which suggests possible irregularities under Section 1 of the Export Powers Defence Act 1939c. Evidence suggests there may be a case for further investigation to establish whether enquires should be put in hand. It should be stressed that available information is limited and facts could be difficult to establish with any certainty. S03E07 Railway trains are impartial too. But if you lay down the lines for them, that's the way they go!